Line Drawing

cover_linedrawing_shadowButts, Jeffrey A. and John K. Roman (2014). Line Drawing: Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Court Jurisdiction in New York. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

In his 2014 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the formation of a state Commission to produce a plan that would raise the age at which juveniles are charged as adults in New York courts. The Governor described current policies as “outdated.” This report is designed to inform the Commission’s efforts by examining the reasons for changing the age of criminal jurisdiction and by reviewing the implications of such a change. The report examines the relationship of jurisdictional age to serious crime and it reviews the experiences of states that have previously changed their jurisdictional age laws. Next, the report addresses the cost considerations involved in these policy changes and it describes the types of detailed cost-benefit analyses that New York should undertake to project their effects on shifting court caseloads and the number of youth likely to be placed in various supervision programs and placement settings.

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